01/31/2014 10:12 EST | Updated 01/31/2014 10:59 EST

13 Amazing Chinese New Year 2014 Photos

Goodbye Year of the Snake, hello Year of the Horse!

Friday marks the start of 15 days of celebrations to ring in a new zodiac calendar year for over a billion people around the world. From grand lion dance performances to solemn temple ceremonies, the Lunar New Year is also special time for individual and collective reflection amid raucous merriment.

From a family gathering at North Korea's doorstep to a colourful underwater show in Jakarta, the following images are some of our favourites collected around the world of festivities.

Happy new year!

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